Donald Scruggs (DScruggs@CONCENTRIC.NET)
Thu, 28 Nov 1996 02:37:42 -0500
Maybe you can help me. I have a new boy in my troop who has
Down's Syndrome. I am not totally unfamiliar with the handicap as I
once worked administratively for the ARC in the Washington Area.
In many ways I have more help than many other leaders in this situation
might. Firstly, the boy (Will) has a father who is active and willing to
be there most if not all the time. Secondly, most of the new boys in
Will's patrol were in Cub Scouts for several years with Will and are
quite used to him. Lastly, Will has as much if not more fun than anyone
in the troop. My problem is that I am uncomfortable with his
advancement. I feel that we should not use the "did his best" Cub Scout
criteria in Boy Scouts. I think, however, that some slack has to be cut.
I am just not sure how much.
I really don't want some cut and dried rule or policy on this.
If possible I'd like to have a feel for how to handle this. Maybe,
some examples on specific Tenderfoot through First Class requirements
would be helpful. Also how do I, or SHOULD I approach MB counselors
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City